Civic Tech Field Guide
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Hello and welcome! We (Erin Simpson, previously of Civic Hall Labs and now at the Oxford Internet Institute, Micah Sifry of Civic Hall, and Matt Stempeck of Microsoft) put this sheet together to try to organize the civic tech field by compiling hundreds of civic technologies and grouping them to see what patterns emerge. We started doing this because we think that a widely-used definition and field guide would help us: share knowledge with one another, attract more participation in the field, study and measure impact, and move resources in productive directions. For us, this work is a prerequisite to developing a framework to conduct research within, and we'd love input to help improve it. We didn't produce a taxonomy because so many of these tools and social processes are overlapping: our categories are not mutually exclusive nor collectively exhaustive. Instead we offer the following four (incomplete, in progress) things for commentary, criticism, and contribution:Thank you to the many contributors of the Civic Tech Field Guide!
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TICTEC RESEARCH CONFERENCE PRESENTATION ABOUT THIS:
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Slides
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Explanation
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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1:Topline Definition
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2:Common Tool Types: What is the function of the tech?
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3:Common Social Processes: How do people create impact in civic tech?
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4:Ways to organize: Why, who. what?
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5: Written feedback
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6 and beyond: your reorganization of our work!
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CONTACT INFO
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Micah Sifrymicah@civichall.org@mlsif
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Matt Stempeckstempeck@gmail.com@mstem
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Erin Simpsonemsimpson15@gmail.com@esmpsn
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FAILBOOK KEY
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To indicate whether something is currently alive , please use the following annotation for tools and social processes:
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Failbook Key:(Parentheses means the entity is dead){Curly brackets means the entity was acquired}[Brackets means the entity made a major pivot]-Dashes means the entity is stagnant-
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Read Me and Table of Contents
1:Definition
2: Common Tool Types and Function
3: Common Social Processes
4:Ways to Organize
5:Written Feedback
6:Adjacent fields
7:Fellowships